Hulu Goes Public on Wednesday

Hulu, the online video joint venture of News Corp and NBC Universal, will make its public debut on Wednesday after four months of beta testing with programming from Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros Television Group, Lionsgate and from sports leagues including the NBA and NHL. Missing from the list of providers are media mogul Sumner Redstone-controlled companies Viacom Inc, which continues to hold discussions, Viacom said recently, and CBS Corp, which has said it was not averse to a licensing deal.

Hulu's launch is a big bet by big media companies that consumers are as eager to spend long periods of time watching TV shows and movies in front of their computers as they are in front of their televisions. With no marketing and a private test pool of users, Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar said they have attracted over five million viewers in the past month with its breadth of legally available contemporary shows and clean design. At launch, Hulu will offer full-length episodes of more than 250 TV series from current hits such as "The Simpsons" as well as older shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." It also will offer 100 movies including "The Big Lebowski" and "Mulholland Drive."

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Well it is now public. I like the idea of it and it seems to run pretty quick, even on my somewhat older/slower computer.

But I am surprised and a little bit disappointed with the lack of full shows that are available. Since nbcu is underwriting this one would think that all seasons of their shows would be on it.

Take for example one of my favorite scifi channel's show, battlestar galatica. For some reason, 4 episodes of season 3 are on there. Since scifi is an nbcu owned station, why aren't all episodes on there?

Also, if all these studios partnered together for this, one would think that the content they put up would be complete before this went live.

Again, a favorite of mine, family guy. Why have 180 or so clips of the show but only 4 full episodes?

I know this will be better with time, but a little disappointed on opening day.

Kind of reminds me of the stories of Disneyland when it opened, full of glitz and glitter but only half the rides were up and running.

(stifler6478 said @ #11.1)
Bandwidth. They don't have an infinite amount of it, and they aren't charging us to supply it.

-Spenser

Joost is something similar and they are completely free and world wide as well. They use P2P I think.

www.joost.com

(Foub said @ #11.2)

Joost is something similar and they are completely free and world wide as well. They use P2P I think.

www.joost.com

I tried joost for about 4 days - they weren't ever up to date and the quality wasn't that good. Maybe they're better now, but hulu is pretty superb.

-Spenser

Yeah I don't see this going any place. NBC is run by a bunch of idiots. A trained monkey can do a better job. They told Apple itunes to screw off, then they tried their own video service and failed because they tossed adds into the mix, then they went to Amazon to try the Unbox service, but they didn't give them access to everything. All of this happened within like 2 years.

Now I look at this crap and I see movies that are a decade old, I don't see one new movie.

Yeah I love the Hulu service so far. I just do not understand why there is a few Fox shows on there; American Dad, Family Guy, and House, just to name a few.

If by "why there is a few" you meant "why there are so many", the answer would be because News Corp happens to be the parent company of Fox.

-Spenser

(stifler6478 said @ #6.1)
If by "why there is a few" you meant "why there are so many", the answer would be because News Corp happens to be the parent company of Fox.

-Spenser

Ahh thanks! Learn something new everyday. I guess I shoulda looked that up, huh? :redface:

All i know is hulu is the only place i have been able to find Jonny Socko and his flying robot!!! Giant Robot!!! I hope it stays that way

Cool, hulu pretty much rocks. Hopefully it'll take off and more networks will sign on (not that there's not already an excellent selection of stuff to watch). Most of the TV watching I do is through hulu.

-Spenser

(TheNay said @ #3.1)
Just tried using that, doesn't work, used IE7 and Firefox.

You may have to restart several times before you get an American server in the proxy. Check using www.findmyip.org. For under Firefox there is an add-on called Torbutton which allows you to turn it off and on through the browser. You could also find an anonymizer that allows you to manual set the proxy server of your choice?

migual_montes. is spot on. I got into the beta of this and could not watch anything. I first went on the website, signed in. looked around and went woo. simpsons. oh noo!!! this content is not in your aera blah blah etc etc. mmm there a world out there you know other than AMERICA.

If by "public" you mean only available to americans... sure.

These companies would be more successful if everyone on the planet could access Hulu's media content. It's called the WORLD wide web, you know...

Yup, but you gotta understand 300 million people in the US is good enuf for ad revenues for NBC etc. Why would the other 6.2 billion people outside of the US bother to look at a Ford ad... lol.. now we know why Ford and GM are down the shoot.

(miguel_montes said @ #1)
If by "public" you mean only available to americans... sure.

These companies would be more successful if everyone on the planet could access Hulu's media content. It's called the WORLD wide web, you know... ;)

Ya know, you CAN proxy. Dry those eyes there is always a way

(miguel_montes said @ #1)
If by "public" you mean only available to americans... sure.

These companies would be more successful if everyone on the planet could access Hulu's media content. It's called the WORLD wide web, you know... ;)

Maybe I should complain about not being able to watch stuff on the BBC's website at the same time? because they specifically block out people not in the UK it seems like...

(TheNay said @ #1.1)
Yup, but you gotta understand 300 million people in the US is good enuf for ad revenues for NBC etc. Why would the other 6.2 billion people outside of the US bother to look at a Ford ad... lol.. now we know why Ford and GM are down the shoot.

So the rest of the 6.2 billion people can just keep using p2p and watching without any adds. And if any of the 300 million want to skip the ad for any reason.. like... they just don't like ads... they are always welcome to join.

(neufuse said @ #1.3)

Maybe I should complain about not being able to watch stuff on the BBC's website at the same time? because they specifically block out people not in the UK it seems like...

Not really, unless you wish to pay for a TV license as well. In the UK, we have to PAY to watch broadcast television (139.50 a year, or almost $275) so being able to watch BBC programmes online, ad-free, is a privilege that we must all sponsor. On the other hand, are you paying to watch NBC/News Corp material? Since it is all ad-sponsored, it's a completely free service for you. The only difference for people outside of the USA would be that the ads would not be specifically targetted to them, although most products are available on a global scale these days, so it wouldn't make that vast a difference.

(n301 said @ #1.2)

Ya know, you CAN proxy. Dry those eyes there is always a way

Have you tried it? Does it work for you? Which one are you using?

Because I've tried lots of web-based proxies, and none of them worked.